Dr. Charles Terry will retire as Principal of St. Vincent Ferrer School in River Forest on June 30, 2017, after six years of leading the school. During those six years, total school enrollment has increased by over 90 students. Technology grew exponentially with the adoption of PowerSchool, the installation of Smart Boards in each classroom, use of iPads from Pre-School 3 to 8th grade, and the purchase of e-textbooks to replace outdated instructional materials. Dr. Terry lead efforts to install a state of the art playground, renovated the library, and relocated the computer lab. Standardized test scores have also increased significantly.
Dr. Terry instituted a weekly school Mass with students serving an active role in the liturgy, as well as a number of devotions such as First Friday Adoration, weekly Rosary during Advent, and weekly Stations of the Cross during Lent. The implementation of the Faith and Life religion series has greatly increased students understanding and appreciation of their faith.
The school and parish honored Dr. Terry at a Mass and reception on Sunday, May 21 at 11 a.m. in the church and school gym.
Mr. John Glimco will assume the role of SVF Principal on July 1, 2017. Mr. Glimco, age 56, is an experienced and respected educator and administrator with over 31 years of experience. He is currently Principal at Pleasantdale Middle School in Burr Ridge and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Principal Association.
A devout Catholic, Mr. Glimco is a member of St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs. He is of Italian heritage. He attended Benet Academy, Augustana College, and Eastern Illinois University where he obtained a Master of Science degree. Besides Pleasantdale Middle School, Mr. Glimco has served as Assistant Principal at Neuqua Valley High School, Principal of West Aurora High School, Assistant Regional Superintendent for DuPage County, and Principal of Bryan Middle School.
Mr. Glimco's reason for coming to St. Vincent Ferrer was expressed in his acceptance letter to Fr. Tom McDermott, our Pastor: "There has always been an element missing [in my career], and that is the Faith based dynamic that can only be realized through a school that sets the teachings and life of Jesus Christ at the center and foundation. It is my strong desire, and I believe calling, to be able to dedicate the remainder of my career to the Catholic school system and provide others with the same opportunities availed to me."
Fr. Tom, in announcing Mr. Glimco's appointment, commented: "Mr. Glimco will be stepping into the role of principal at a moment in time when St. Vincent Ferrer School is in an excellent place, thanks to the outstanding leadership of Dr. Terry and the faculty and staff. I am confident that he will not only maintain the high standards attained by Dr. Terry, but will bring Sr. Vincent Ferrer School to the next level."
A reception to welcome Mr. Glimco will be announced at a later date.